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Foaling Advice

Normal foaling: Stage I Labor:  1-6 hrs (mare heating up) Stage II Labor:  15-30 minutes (from time water breaks to foal on ground) Stage III Labor:  Placenta must be passed within 3 hrs of foaling.  Ensure placenta is intact. After foaling: Foal standing within 1 hr Foal suckling within 2-3 hr (Call vet if foal has [...]

Newborn Foal Care

It is important to know what is normal in the newborn foal so any problems can be easily identified and promptly treated. After birth, a foal should: Be standing within the first hour and becoming more active and alert over time Have a strong suckle reflex within 30 minutes and once standing should be seeking [...]

Rattles In Foals

Rattles is a serious lung disease of foals that causes pneumonia and abscess formation in the lungs causing affected foals to develop respiratory signs. Rattles is caused by the bacteria Rhododcoccus equi which can be found within the soil in widespread areas. Foals ingest or inhale the bacteria from the soil, so disease seen commonly [...]

Cushings Disease

Equine Cushings Disease (also called Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction) is one of the most common hormonal diseases that affects older horses and ponies. It causes excessive cortisol to be released into the horse's bloodstream. Clinical signs are variable but can include one or all of the following: ​Laminitis Long and/or curly hair coat Fat deposits above the eye and [...]

Feeding Older Horses

As horses age, we must increase our awareness of their general well being. Monitoring body condition score is one of the most important things an owner of a geriatric horse can do. Ideally the horse should be in body condition score 3/5, so that you cannot see the ribs, but they are easily felt. Body [...]

Hendra Virus

The Equivac HeV vaccine is the single most important step in protecting your horse and your family against the deadly Hendra Virus. Newcastle Equine Centre strongly recommends that all horses are vaccinated. The vaccine must be given by a veterinarian, involves 2 initial injections, 3-6 weeks apart and the horse must be microchipped. The horse [...]

Guide To Worming Horses

Worms that affect horses are everywhere and all horses are continually being exposed and infected with worms. For this reason, prevention of worm problems in horses is one of the most important aspects of horse husbandry and veterinary medicine. Common worms that affect horses: small strongyles (cyathostomes), large strongyles, roundworms, pinworms, tapeworms and bots. How [...]